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Landmarks spring to life in Singapore Night Festival

August 28, 2019

From thumping percussion beats by renowned Argentinean troupe Fuerza Bruta, to the soothing waves of art installation Whispers, the Singapore Night Festival (SNF) returns for its 12th edition, with a plethora of experiences to transform Singapore’s Bras Basah. Bugis district into an arts and cultural oasis which started on August 23 and culminates on the 31st.

‘Glow Away’

“SNF is 12 years old and many of our festival-goers have grown along with us on our festival journey. Year on year, they have come to expect new experiences that transform the Bras Basah.Bugis district, challenging them to see these spaces in a new light. This year will be no different with stunning light art installations, performances and programmes presented by local and international artists. And in a nod to the Singapore Bicentennial, some of these will feature a Southeast Asian twist. I look forward to seeing visitors immerse themselves wholly in the festival and the experiences it has to offer,” festival director Angelita Teo said.

Spotlight on Southeast Asia

In alignment with the Singapore Bicentennial, this year’s festival line-up sees a curation of works with a Southeast Asian connection, casting a spotlight on folklore and traditions, as well as ideas and talents from around the region.

‘Waves of Time’

For instance, festival-goers will notice elements of the “Ramayana,” one of the two major epic poems of India, featured in various festival offerings.

One such work will take over the National Museum of Singapore’s Banyan tree, with a projection by internationally renowned French group Spectaculaires titled “The Legend of Ramayana,” inspired by the Indian epic poem.

This marks the first time that the Banyan tree will see a projection work complemented by a stirring gamelan instrumental performance, which retells the story of the Ramayana in traditional Javanese tembang or poetry. The gamelan performance will be performed by local performing group Gamelan Asmaradana, from August 29 to 31.

Festival director Angelita Teo (center) together with artists Jahan Loh and Sakchin Bessette

The Dhoby Ghaut Green Festival Village stage will also see the debut of Southeast Asian bands alongside our local talents. The line-up presently includes Malaysia’s SONUO, the Philippine’s MenAcoustic, and Thailand’s The Note, as well as local musicians like MOTUS, Flame of the Forest and Neon Feast.

Over at CHIJMES, an animated projection titled Waves of Time will capture and reflect the diversity of ethnic cultures in this region. The work will be the first to be projected on CHIJMES, and was created as part of a collaboration between Singapore-based animation studio Chips and Toon and Australia’s The Electric Canvas.

Along Stamford Road, the Stamford Court clock tower becomes the canvas for a façade projection for the first time. The Electric Canvas from Australia transforms the clock tower into a playful, welcoming work of art with their animated projection, Tropicana.

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